Anthropology Magazine

Lessons From Mars—and Jamaica—on Sovereignty
  • Counterpoint

    Rays of sunlight shine down over hills covered in lush green foliage.

    Lessons From Mars—and Jamaica—on Sovereignty

    The billionaire space race thrives on romantic ideas of colonizing “the last frontier.” An anthropologist looks to Jamaican histories of colonization to show why such narratives are so dangerous—and offers an alternate vision of Black freedom in the Sovereign State of Accompong.

  • Viewpoint

    Artist Peter Williams explores Afrofuturist themes in this painting titled “He Was a Global Traveler.”

    Do Black Lives Matter in Outer Space?

    Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, is ramping up its efforts to inhabit Mars, raising crucial questions about who gets left out of fantasies of space colonization.